Banksy On Advertising

[graphic based on a photo by jan slangen]

Nearly 4 years ago Banksy said something true …

«People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.»

Banksy, 2008

«Death of ACTA» by Dan Bull

[direct link · via boing boing]

Update: german transcript (deutsche Übersetzung) of «Death of ACTA» by Dan Bull … and in english, french (and german, too) at vasistas?

About ACTA (short version)…

After more than two years of negotiations largely behind closed doors and without involvement of our elected representatives or civil society groups, ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is likely to be finalised over the next few days.

ACTA could set up an ‘IP border police’ without the need for evidence or setting a time limit for the seizure of goods at customs as provided in existing international agreements.

ACTA does not comply with EU privacy laws, warned Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor.

ACTA will commit Governments to act against personal copyright infringement and will be used to push for further erosion of fundamental rights.

The European Parliament has had no say in ACTA. It has strongly criticised the lack of transparency and has put pressure on the Commission to see the final text before it is signed. […]

ACTA: An international threat to freedom and liberty
(detailed version)